Diamonds in the Rough 7-3-16

The affiliates went 5-3 with rookie league Burlington expanding their win streak to seven games.

HR Roll Call Bubba Starling (6), Orlando Calixte (5), Balbino Fuenmayor (3), Ryan O’Hearn (15), Frank Schwindel (13), Samir Duenez (8), Travis Maezes (8), Roman Collins (1), Manny Olloque (2), David Edwards (2), Ryan Dale (2), Leland Clemmons (1), Luke Willis (1)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Manny Olloque 3-5 2R, HR, 6 RBI, BB

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Yunior Marte 7 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 5 K 8-5 GO-FO 78p/58k

Game 1
Omaha Storm Chasers 8 Memphis Redbirds 3

Plenty of offense in the first game for the Chasers to cruise to an easy win. Three home runs in the seven inning shortened game including Bubba Startling’s first Triple-A home run. Starling’s homer was a three run effort while Orlando Calixte and Balbino Fuenmayor also hit a pair of solo home runs as part of the eight runs Omaha scored. Starter Jon Dziedzic earned the win thanks in part to seven strikeouts while allowing two runs in 5.1 innings.

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Bubba Starling 2-3 2b, HR, 3 RBI
Orlando Calixte 3-4 2R, HR
Hunter Dozier 2-3 R, 2 RBI

Game 2
Memphis Redbirds 2 Omaha Storm Chasers 1

The second game was much more different with the two teams struggling to put much offense together. The Redbirds struck first with a two run home run from former Storm Chaser Jose Martinez off Luke Farrell. Those two runs represented the only scoring chance Memphis had during the game as they failed to put a runner in scoring position following the home run. The Chasers would have limited opportunities as well, getting just one runner in scoring position following a run in the 2nd inning to take the loss. The Royals moved Miguel Almonte to the bullpen in Omaha where he made his first true appearance Sunday, working 1.1 innings with just an infield hit and a walk allowed. Reliever Brooks Pounders continued his domination with two strikeouts in a perfect inning of work. The big righty has put away 28 hitters via strikeout in his last 13.2 innings of relief work.

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Brooks Pounders 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 2 K 0-1 Go-FO 13p/11k
Bubba Starling 0-2 R, BB
Hunter Dozier 1-3 CS

NW Arkansas Naturals 6 Frisco RoughRiders 2

A pair of home runs accounted for all six Naturals runs and a win Sunday. Trailer 2-0 after a walk, an error and a pair of singles put Frisco on the board versus Jake Junis big boppers Ryan O’Hearn and Frank Schwindel broke out the big sticks. After four scoreless innings a pair of singles and a walk to Schwindel loaded the bases for O’Hearn. The lefty bat took a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam and a Naturals lead. Two innings later it was Schwindel ambushing a first pitch of an his at bat, lining it over the left field wall to expand the lead to 6-2. Junis combined with Evan Beal and Aroni Nina shutout Frisco over the final eight innings to earn the win for NW Arkansas.

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Ryan O’Hearn 1-3 HR, RBI, BB
Frank Schwindel 1-3 2R, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Jake Junis 5.2 IP 5 H 2 R 1 ER 4 BB 4 K 7-4 GO-FO 92p/52k

Winston-Salem Dash 7 Wilmington Blue Rocks 3

A third out error by third baseman Robert Pehl lead to a pair of unearned runs to put the Rocks down 2-0 in the first during Zach Lovvorn’s start. The righty would do his job from there preventing the Dash from tacking on while the Rocks offense struggled to give him runs once again. First baseman Samir Duenez’s second home run at High-A cut the lead in half in the third inning. The Dash tacked on five runs off the Wilmington bullpen while the Rocks scored just two more runs to lower Lovvorn’s record to 0-10 on the season.

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Zach Lovvorn 5 IP 7 H 2 R 0 ER 4 BB 2 K 8-1 GO-FO 89p/52k
Samir Duenez 3-4 HR, 2b, 2 RBI, BB
Raul Mondesi 1-5

Lexington Legends 8 Rome Braves 0

The Legends received an outstanding pitching performance from starter Yunior Marte while packing plenty of offensive punch to win the four game series with Rome. The talented righthander worked seven innings scoreless while limiting the Braves to just an infield single while striking out five and walking two. His effort was backed up by eight runs thanks to a pair of home runs by Roman Collins and Travis Maezes that accounted for three runs. Collins home run was an inside the parker that got the Legends offense started towards the eight run effort that included six hits and seven walks.

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Travis Maezes 1-4 HR, 2 RBI
Roman Collins 1-2 HR, 2 BB
D.J. Burt 1-5 2R, SB (23)

Idaho Falls Chukars 17 Grand Junction Rockies 8

The Chukars scored runs in the first six innings Saturday, pounding out five home runs enroute to a big win that secured the series win. Four different hitters in the lineup had three hits in the game with three of them hitting home runs. Designated hitter Manny Olloque may have enjoyed the best day at the plate, hitting a three run home run while driving in six runs and scoring an additional run on top of the homer. The team pounded out 18 runs, walked seven times while scoring those 17 runs. This all backed up righthander Arnaldo Hernandez for the win as he limited the Rockies to just two runs (1 ER) in his 5.2 innings using his plus control as usual with a 75% strike rate on the night.

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Arnaldo Hernandez 5.2 IP 8 H 2 R 1 ER 0 BB 5 K 9-1 GO-FO 91p/68k
Ricky Aracena 3-6 2R, 2RBI, SB (4)
Luke Willis 3-5 4R, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Burlington Royals 3 Danville Braves 2

The Royals generated enough offense with a good pitching effort to extend their win streak to seven games. Lefty Cristian Castillo scattered seven singles over seven innings while striking out five against zero walks. Both teams went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position but a couple productive outs by the Royals gave them runs in the fifth and seventh to push three runs across despite just four singles in the game to earn the win.

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Chris DeVito 1-3 2R, BB
Cristian Castillo 7 IP 7 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 5 K 4-6 GO-FO
Vance Tatum 2 IP 0 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K 4-2 GO-FO

AZL Padres 5 AZL Royals 4

Five runs, four unearned, lead to a Royals defeat in Arizona. The Padres knocked around Glenn Sparkman for five hits with the aid of two errors to cross the plate five times in just two-thirds of an inning. Allowing just one hit and one walk the rest of the way it wasn’t enough as the offense missed scoring chances in the sixth and ninth falling a run short of tying the game.

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Khalil Lee 1-4 2b, BB
Jeison Guzman 1-4 R, 3b, BB
Jose Marquez 2-4 R, 2b, 2 RBI





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